We are open, transparent and non-partisan: Ajit Mohan, Facebook

In a blog post, Ajit Mohan, Facebook India Managing Director, has denied allegations of bias while enforcing policies

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Aug 22, 2020 8:35 AM
Ajit Mohan

Facebook has refuted charges that it was exercising political bias against its India employees, media reports have said.

Ajit Mohan, Facebook India Managing Director, has said in a blog post: “Facebook is and always has been an open, transparent and non-partisan platform where people can express themselves freely.

Over the last few days, we have been accused of bias in the way we enforce our policies. We take allegations of bias incredibly seriously, and want to make it clear that we denounce hate and bigotry in any form. We take this opportunity to offer clarity on policy development and enforcement at Facebook.”

Mohan has also clarified that FB follows an “open and transparent” process for its policies. “These policies are ever evolving to take into account the local sensitivities especially in a multicultural society such as India.”

“We uphold the principles of democracy. This also reflects in our organizational set up - like a truly diverse organization, our employees represent a varied political spectrum who have either served in many administrations or have political experience and take immense pride in being active contributors to public service. Despite hailing from diverse political affiliations and backgrounds, they perform their respective duties and interpret our policies in a fair and non-partisan way. The decisions around content escalations are not made unilaterally by just one person; rather, they are inclusive of views from different teams and disciplines within the company. The process comes with robust checks and balances built in to ensure that the policies are implemented as they are intended to be and take into consideration applicable local laws.”

Regarding removal of hate content, Mohan has further said in the blog that the social networking platform has an “impartial approach towards dealing with content”.

“We enforce these policies globally without regard to anyone’s political position, party affiliation or religious and cultural belief,” his blog says.

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